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Why is a single walled pipe not used for wood stove exhaust pipe on upper floors?

I've recently been looking into wood burning stoves. Many installations use a stove pipe that goes straight up through the ceiling and out the roof. Most of these use a single walled pipe for the ...
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How can I remove rust stains from clothes?

While I was cleaning all my rusty devices and equipments, I got some nasty rust stains on my cloth. Then I remember that I had some old clothes that I can use to clean these rusty devices and ...
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How can I clean sticky and dirty hand tool's rubber?

I have a hand tool - Needle-nose plier that had a rubber that is used as the handle. Currently, I managed to clean up all the rust on the metal and would like to clean up the rubber handle as it is ...
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What should I consider when selecting an air compressor for the garage?

I was thinking to buy an air compressor and place it in my garage. I hate to look for change when i am at the gas station and i usually end up spending more than usual as some idiot has parked his car ...
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Can I run a ground wire of a single circuit to the panel outside the house?

This is a follow-up to this question. I am adding (outlets) on to a 2-wire 12AWG (no ground) circuit and I want the new outlets grounded. Can I run a ground wire to the panel along the outside of ...
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How do you plan capacity for electrical circuits?

I'm finishing a section of my basement, which currently only has one bulb for bare light. In planning the electrical arrangement of things, how do I estimate the load of light fixtures or electrical ...
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How to deal with abandoned wire?

There is a 240V/30A circuit in a room of my house that used to be a patio. I think it was used for a baseboard/electric heater system. It had a surface mounted outlet that I have removed, but now I ...
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Confused about two way wiring on stair case

I have two light bulbs controlled by three light switches. I replaced two of them a while ago (can't remember what the wiring looks like) with no problems. However, I encountered the following issue ...
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What do you call a very flexible rod?

At work, the guy next to me goes to sites and does cable installs. He is having an issue with one site where there is a 90 degree bend and a traditional rod is not flexible enough. He has been trying ...
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Is it OK to borrow a ground wire from a different circuit?

I've got a circuit in the basement carrying a handful of outlets. This circuit has no ground wire. I want to add a couple of outlets and want them to be grounded. I may even want gfci outlets on ...
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How do I upgrade a conventional switch to a dimmer?

I have a single pole light switch (I guess that means 1 switch controls the light?). The top switch turns the light on, the bottom switch turns the fan on. I bought a dimmer, that has a black screw, ...
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How can I fit a Schlage lockset in my front door?

I moved into a condo with a Kwikset lockset in the door. I wanted to replace it with a Schlage lockset, but the actual bolt portion of the deadbolt was too large to fit into the pre-drilled hole. If ...
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1answer
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How to hang a baby cradle from a concrete ceiling?

I am considering buying a baby cradle that will hang from the ceiling. We have a concrete ceiling in the apartment and I am not sure that it will be possible to install it safely. It needs to be able ...
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Does wardrobe/closet need doors?

I was always told to let the wardrobe doors open sometimes, so "let the air circulate". And I wonder, does the wardrobe actually need to have doors? What would be the problems (other them visual) of ...
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How do I run cable through my ceiling?

I have a cable that I need to run through the ceiling. I'd like to go under the floor, but I have a split level house, and this is the lower floor, so I don't believe there is room in the bottom half ...
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1answer
259 views

How to measure a crooked room?

I am faced with the task of measuring a room that has no right angles. The room has the following layout (this sketch in not scaled, there is also a window in the right wall which I omitted here): ...
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1answer
550 views

Should fan on heat pump be delayed turning off when system stops?

I have a heat pump system with emergency heat. I have a Honeywell RTH7600D thermostat. When the heat is running and I turn the temperature down, the system immediately stops. Isn't this inefficient ...
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What's the minimum reasonable thickness for subfloor in my attic?

I want to install 4x8 sheets of T&G plywood in my attic for extra storage room, but there are so many different thicknesses. There will be extremely minimal traffic on this floor as I will only ...
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1answer
414 views

How should I repair flaking paint?

I have just removed some frog tape from a painted wall and it has taken the paint off down to the plasterboard (4 layers, 2 undercoat and 2 topcoat). How should I go about repairing the damaged ...
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1answer
590 views

Should oil, spirit or water based stains be used on Medium-density fibreboard (MDF)?

I've made a recording desk out of 18mm MDF. What type of stain and varnish would you recommend and would it need a sealer coat applying first. All advice appreciated.
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What would be the best way to reduce low frequency noise coming from neighbour above in apartment

I live in an apartment (hopefully that doesn't disqualify from me posting here) and my neighbour once every week or so decides to stay up until about 2am watching TV all night. Normally, this doesn't ...
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1answer
223 views

How do I fix a leak in this roof?

A few days ago we had a good amount of rain that fell over a 36 hour period. During this time, a leak showed its ugly face. I got up into the attic, found the water stream and traced it back outside ...
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Can I install carpet in the attic?

I'm planning on adding a plywood floor to part of my attic. I have some old carpet that I'm thinking about laying on top of the plywood. Is this a bad idea?
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725 views

What is thumping noise I hear in my forced air heat pump?

In the morning when our heat pump is turning on to start heating the house for the morning, I hear repeated thumping that kind of sounds like sheet metal rumbling. This continues periodically for a ...
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2answers
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Can I install laminate flooring over linoleum which is torn?

I have a small hallway/entryway with cheap linoleum. (Approximately 8 ft by 3 ft.) Part of it is torn, exposing the concrete floor underneath. I have enough laminate (simulated wood) flooring left ...
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3answers
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How to finish room with protruding concrete ledge/foundation?

I am finishing a basement room and have a concrete ledge which is part of the foundation. It protrudes into the room about 2.5 inches and is about 6 inches high. This ledge is the result of a ...
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7answers
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How to deal with the stress of DIY renovation?

I've done a few DIY projects over the years and over time it starts out as fun and exciting and then it detoriates to stressful and not so fun. Our latest project was to redo our basement. This ...
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1answer
3k views

How can I dim LED Christmas lights?

I bought two different strings of LED lights of the same brand to replace my old lights with LEDs. Big multi-colored C9 bulbs with dangling white icicle strands of T1 bulbs. The problem is that the ...
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3answers
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How do I add insulation to my attic?

I'm pretty sure my attic needs some additional insulation (it looks pretty sparse and my house is freezing!). Here are some images of my attic: http://imgur.com/a/pdsXF Two questions: There is ...
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4answers
65k views

What is the difference between R20 and PAR20 lightbulbs?

Are they compatible? What do R and PAR prefixes represent in general? Important decision, need to buy several replacement lightbulbs!
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1answer
773 views

How do I attach a motion activated flood light to stucco?

I have some simple motion activated battery powered lights that I bought at Costco a while ago. I want to install them outside the house in the front and back. The device comes with a small plastic ...
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2answers
672 views

How should I secure the inner ring of bearing race to a wooden frame?

I have a fairly small ball bearing and am wanting to secure the inner ring to a wooden frame. The inner ring has a diameter of 5mm, although I'm unsure the best way to secure this. I could glue a ...
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5answers
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How do I control a heat lamp with a thermostat?

My girlfriend is crazy about making bread. However, as the temperature is often very cold around here, I would like to make her a box in which the temperature can be controlled. I have purchased a ...
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1answer
450 views

What is the name of this tool? It almost looks like an Allen without the wrench

Any body have any idea what this thing is called?
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4answers
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How can I figure out why half my house is cold?

I just purchased my home a few months ago, and the AC was sub par during the summer. Now that winter is here, the house is extremely uncomfortable (cold). My furnace shoots hot air up to one main ...
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3answers
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How cold does it need to be to damage hoses?

I have a water hose that I keep hooked up all the time. It's inconvenient to disconnect and drain the hose to protect it from freezing. My plan is to watch the weather forecast and only disconnect if ...
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1answer
3k views

How can I mount an LCD TV onto the *wall* of an RV?

I have an RV and I want to mount a flat panel LCV TV onto the wall of the RV. Most people who put LCD's into their RVs put them up above the driver where wooden cabinetry exists, but I do not want to ...
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0answers
346 views

How can I clean out the pressure switch port at the inducer housing on a Lennox G40UH furnace?

I have a Lennox G40UH(x) furnace, but the gas does not ignite, because water may have entered the system while raining, or the the pressure switch port at the inducer housing has just to be cleaned. ...
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1answer
3k views

Why would a single electric receptacle stop working?

A single receptacle suddenly stopped providing electricity in my living room. It is not a GFCI. The other outlets work fine and the circuit breaker didn't trip. Any ideas?
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2answers
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Can (and should) I replace the hose connecting a cold water expansion vessel to the cold water supply myself?

We recently had a small flood in our apartment. I found that the metal-sheathed rubber hose connecting the cold water supply to the blue cold water expansion vessel had a wide split in it. The water ...
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1answer
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What's the purpose of a cold water expansion vessel?

My rented flat (in the UK) has 2 expansion tanks behind the boiler, one red, one blue. From googling around I can find lots of references to hot water expansion vessels; the purpose seems to be to ...
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1answer
2k views

Why are steam radiators used in the USA?

In the UK, we use water radiator systems when the boiler heats the water to about 70°C, this allows the boiler to get most of the energy out of the gas (or oil) by condensing the steam you get ...
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2answers
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How much gap to leave between basement concrete floor and bottom of drywall board?

We have a dry basement with a concrete floor. When putting on the wall boards, how much (if any) gap should there be between the concrete floor and the bottom of the board? The boards are 3/8 inch, ...
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1answer
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Why is my radiator hissing?

I've never had a radiator before, all central air for me, but I'm living in an apartment that has them now. All of the radiators in my apartment have been hissing, and pouring out steam from the ...
2
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2answers
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Why would ceiling fan reverse air flow without me changing directions?

I have this exact ceiling fan, and so far it has worked nicely. It is mounted in my bedroom, I believe height to floor is about 12 feet and the rod from the ceiling to the actual fan is about 18 ...
4
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1answer
5k views

What glass for an interior, mainly glass, wall?

We would like to install a small interior wall (say 3m long) with a wooden door. We want to make it out of large wooden beams with glass between them (there is already one such wall in the house, and ...
3
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2answers
820 views

How can I paint furniture with a laminate finish?

Is it possible to paint furniture that is made of particle board and has a laminate finish that makes it appear as if it is solid wood? Essentially cheap furniture. I have an entertainment center than ...
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1answer
8k views

Can I paint over wallpaper glue?

I have a room where I removed the wallpaper in preparation for painting. Surprisingly, the very old wallpaper just peeled right off, leaving behind most of it's glue. I used some wallpaper remover ...
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5answers
258k views

How can I add a “C” wire to my thermostat?

So, the spiffy new wi-fi thermostats want power on the C wire from thermostat, but the old thermostat doesn't have a C wire at it. What's the easiest way to add the C wire/24 volt to the thermostat ...
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4answers
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What is the best tool for cutting up scrap wood?

I have some wood left over from building a patio, mainly some planks. Normally when I'm creating firewood, I just use an axe a split the wood, but these are too long for that. I really don't want to ...

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